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Ask the Vet About Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs and Cats

Urinary Tract Infections in Pets
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MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Jun 27, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: urine discharge

Question:Cat had kittens approx 48 hours ago, woke up to find puddle of urine (assumed) with blood in it. When she got out of and back into box more liquid with blood leaking out. She is young female was feral would believe to be her first litter. Was not here for birthing, came home from church to find them. She seemed find, only concern I had was piece of meat found approx 2 fingers long and 2 fingers wide.

Answer:All that sounds pretty normal as long as she is acting fine - the "piece of meat" sounds like a placenta.

Date: Jun 17, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Walpoles injection in bladder

Question:Cat was totaled blocked last Thursday. Vet did catheterization gave him convenia and injection of walpoles. Been peeing small amounts but Thursday after work no clumps in litter box. Took back to vet yesterday morning she said his bladder was no full so she said she would injection walpoles straight into bladder and fluids under skin.i called at 3 she say his bladder felt smaller then it had that morning and that he was leaking urine. I informed her I could not afford another Cath . Cat is still going to litter box but no pee but I am cleaning around his penis around where it is crusty . How long does it take the walpoles to work if it is going to work. Cat is not eating or drinking.

Answer:It really depends on the individual cat - we will unblock some cats once and they steadily get better and never have another problem, then other cats continue to reblock until they need another surgery to permanently widen their urethra (PU surgery, usually from a specialist). That is, thankfully, rare - but stay in close contact with your veterinarian because they saw how many crystals he has and will be better able to give you a prognosis.

Date: Jun 13, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: UTI

Question:Hey,I have a 1 1/2 year puppy.She has very dark yellow urine and she dribbles some times.Also she isn't eating hardly anything..Would it be a UTI. ?

Answer:That's a possibility. A urinary tract infection doesn't usually make them not eat though. It is really easy (and cheap) to check for a urinary tract infection at your veterinarian - the "not eating" worries me more though, so have your veterinarian check him if he doesn't improve. (Make sure he is drinking enough water as well - dehydration makes their urine dark)

Date: Jun 9, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Need advice

Question:Hello I think my cat may have a uti but money is very tight right now. Could you tell me a estimated cost of how much it would be to take her to a vet .

Answer:All of that totally depends on the area you are in - call the veterinarian you may take them to - and try to procure a urine sample before they see them - they can tell you exact costs much better that I can.

Date: Jun 8, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Urine infection to my dog

Question:Dr, My dog is suffering from urinary infection from 4 days. He is eating nothing and urinating very little with blood. He becomes very weak though not eating, only little water he is drinking. I'm giving him homeopathic drops as he is with empty stomach... Kindly tell me what to do.. He is German Shepherd cross and eight years old... Please help...

Answer:You really need your veterinarian to examine him. Just a urinary tract infection will not make him "very weak" and not eat unless the infection has spread up to his kidneys and into his entire body - he will need really strong antibiotics if that is the case. But blood in his urine can mean many other things - bladder stones (but again he shouldn't be weak and not eating unless one is lodged somewhere = another medical emergency), blood clotting problems which affect him all over, poisonings like rat poison, and the list goes on. Many of these are treatable but you need a diagnosis first.

Date: Jun 7, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Treatment for UTI

Question:My daughter's 3 year old cat was diagnosed with a UTI several months ago. He had 3 rounds of antibiotics but never cleared up the blood in his urine completely, only lightened it to a faint pink color. I read about D-mannose maybe helping. I have been giving him 3 does (1/4 teaspoon) everyday for 10 days. It has worked! His urine is clear! But do I continue giving it to him or stop & see what happens? He is eating only wet food, Purina Pro 1 for unitary health. I also give him a Cosequin for cats daily. Thanks

Answer:I would stop it for now and just keep him on the Purina Pro Plan for Urinary Health and the Cosequin. He probably has FLUTD and the food has started to work and I worry that the D-mannose may mess with his urinary pH. You can always add it back if he relapses.

Date: Jun 1, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Treatment & causes

Question:My 5 year female cat exclusively inside. Has had 3 uti. Treated with 3 types of antibiotics. Had xrays, urine cath with blood. She seems to be five for about a week then it starts all over again. Changed diet to urinary food

Answer:Does she have crystals in her urine? If she does, the food should eventually work to keep her from building up the crystals as long as it is the correct food for the type of crystal she has.(And as long as she only eats that food) You can have her checked for conformational abnormalities like a patent urachus (this is very rare but possible).

Date: May 27, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: UTI treatment with fluconazole for cat

Question:Can i give my cat some of my oral fluconazole for UTI? It works for me. I have put him on 2 dry foods for this & give it in lots of water which he drinks first. Also cranberry supplement & pureed pumpkin. He seems better but still growls & wants out ASAP after he eats which I assume is because he feels he has to urinate & it burns.I cannot afford vet.

Answer:Definitely do NOT give your cat your fluconazole - that is an antifungal medication and cats don't get fungal urinary tract infections. Male cats almost always have FLUTD - crystals that build up and irritate their urinary tract and have the potential to totally block his urethra creating a life-threatening situation. That would need to be confirmed by your veterinarian with a quick urinary sample so they can get him started on medication and food for whichever type of crystal he has. This shouldn't be too terribly expensive - If you wait until he blocks up, that will be really expensive (and painful).

Date: May 12, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: food

Question:My 8 year old male cat had an UTI last fall. Because he was so abused as a kitten he doesn't like to be picked up so giving him antibiotics was not possible so he was given a shot by the Vet. The UTI seemed to simmer down but came back so I switched his food to Purina 1 for UTI and gave him cranberry treats. So far so good! However the food is mostly corn and he is getting so big since the food switch. I also have a 2 year old Maine Coon who wants to eat what his brother eats and is getting too chubby himself. I want to find a food that has less corn (corn is a sugar and I feel is the reason for the weight gain) Should I go back to a regular food with more meat or is meat the problem for the UTI? What about grain free food? I can't afford to buy prescription food for both of them but don't want him to have a relapse .....help!

Answer:Your cat may have FLUTD and not necessarily an infection - I would leave him on the food that he seems to be doing well on (Purina for Urinary issues = helps with FLUTD) because this can become a life-threatening emergency if he builds up so many crystals that it plugs up his urethra and he cannot urinate. If something like that were to happen, you would need to change him to an even stricter prescription diet but if the over-the-counter one is keeping him from having his urinary issues, I would definitely keep him on that one. Feed him less of it and exercise him daily - this sounds funny with a cat but you can get toys that they enjoy chasing around the house.

Date: May 7, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: UTI

Question:We are fostering a red healer. We initially thought his potty training was just going slow but quickly noticed he is frequently urinating and dribbles a trail of urine when he has accidents in the house. We haven't noticed any blood or him licking himself. Does this sound like a UTI? The rescue we volunteer with can not really afford a vet visit and neither can we unless it is necessary.

Answer:A urinary tract infection is an option, although it is uncommon in males especially if he is young, but still possible. It is really easy to test for - keep him from urinating until he gets to their office so they can collect a urine sample. If he is intact (not neutered), keep in mind that he may feel the need to "claim" just about everything he comes into contact with. He shouldn't really be dribbling no matter what his problem is, so a veterinarian ideally needs to check him out.

Date: May 2, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: UTI - Frequent urination

Question:We have a 4 year old healthy border collie. We came back from visiting our daughter (who has a cat) over the weekend, and today our dog has been urinating frequently and with urgency and had a few accidents in the house right near us, which is very unusual. I don't know if being around a cat, or drinking from the cat's water bowl would have anything to do with it. There has been nothing else unusual. She did have an evening about a week ago when she had a warm nose and paws at bedtime.

Answer:I can't really relate the visit with the cat to her urinary problems unless it stressed her out, lowered her immune system, and made her more susceptible to a urinary tract infection. Taking a urine sample to your veterinarian for a quick urinanalysis will let you know for sure.

Date: May 1, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Possible UTI

Question:Hi there, I am watching my brothers dog, a 4 yr old male boxer intact. He has heen urinating very frequently for minutes at a time and there is barley any urine coming out. I have also noticed him trembling when he has to go really bad. I have not noticed any blood. His appetite seems to be okay and he is drinking. Could this be a UTI? is there anything OTC I can get him to help with this?

Answer:Intact male dogs feel the need to urinate frequently all over the place especially when they go to a new place - kind of like they are claiming everything, so it may be normal, BUT he shouldn't be trembling when he goes - that's kind of odd. It is really easy to rule out a bladder infection (and other things like crystals, kidney disease, diabetes, etc) with a urine sample taken to your veterinarian. There are over-the-counter products that help prevent urinary tract infections but they don't really treat an infection if he has one. Here is a link to one such product if you want to read about it: http://www.1800petmeds.com/NaturVet+Cranberry+Relief+Plus+Echinacea-prod11018.html

Date: Apr 30, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Outside the litter box

Question:I got my 3 year old cat fixed about 5 months ago and before that she never peed outside of her litter box. In the past week, only one room in my house has been smelling like pee. After tracking it down I found 5-6 spots she peed in. At first I thought it was spraying until I stepped in a puddle of pee. I've been checking her litter box for blood in her urine but doesn't appear to be any. But she is also not eating as much. Normally she eats her whole bowl in one hit. Now it's lasting the day. Is this a urinary infection? Should I be getting her checked?

Answer:You definitely want to rule out a urinary tract infection. That will be found with a urinanalysis that will also be able to look for other medical problems like crystals, kidney disease, diabetes, etc. You almost hope it is a urinary tract infection because treating behavioral problems is often much harder so start with that urinanalysis.

Date: Apr 22, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cat Urinary Tract Infection

Question:If I suspect my 5 year old tom has a urinary tract infection due to the symptoms he's exhibiting, do I have to take him to a vet for treatment or is there something I can do at home to cure him?

Answer:With male cats, it's usually not an infection - it's usually crystals that are building up that make it uncomfortable to urinate. I would take him to your veterinarian as soon as you can for a definitive diagnosis because the crystals can block him up entirely where he cannot urinate and this becomes a life-threatening emergency.

Date: Apr 19, 2017
Category: Urinary Tract
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Food

Question:Is there a food I could use instead of hills science diet multi care c/d urinary tract health. It is spendy and I'm struggling with it right now.

Answer:There are many over-the-counter foods that claim to help urinary issues one way or another but once your cat is diagnosed with crystals, only the prescription diets seem to keep them from having recurrent problems. There are 3 prescription diets that I trust: Hill's Science Diet C/D, Royal Canin Urinary SO, and Purina's UR St/Ox Urinary Formula. They are all almost equally as expensive but I was curious so I just went and price shopped for you and the "cheapest" one per pound was the Royal Canin. Purina's was less than Hill's but more than Royal Canin. Hope that helps.


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